Geographic Information Sciences Minor

Department of Geography

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Elizabeth A. Olson, Chair

Gabriela Valdivia, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Nell Phillips, Undergraduate Program Administrator

Geographic information sciences (GISc) is the study of geospatial phenomena using an integrated set of spatial digital technologies including tools, techniques, concepts, and datasets associated with geographic information systems, remote sensing, data visualization, global positioning systems, spatial analysis, and quantitative methods. The GISc minor provides cutting-edge training in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), and global positioning systems (GPS) and their application in solving real world problems. Students who complete the program will be ready to enter the job market with a competitive advantage in geographic information sciences.

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In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
GEOG 215Introduction to Spatial Data Science3
GEOG 370Introduction to Geographic Information3
Select three courses from the following list:9
Anthropological Application of GIS
Introduction to Remote Sensing of the Environment
Introduction to GIS
GIS in Public Health
Geographic Information Systems for Impact Evaluation and Health Studies
Advanced Remote Sensing
Applied Issues in Geographic Information Systems
Geographic Information Science Programming
Global Positioning Systems and Applications
Total Hours15

This minor is open to all undergraduate students. For geography majors and minors, please note that no more than 45 hours of GEOG course credit may be used toward fulfilling the B.A. graduation requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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